Compounding the recent loss of their patriarch, the wealthy Falkes family of Manhattan suffers another blow: an unknown woman sues the estate claiming that Rupert was also the father of her two sons. Eleanor, Rupert's widow, and their five adult sons are thrown into turmoil, the unwelcome development calling into question their understanding of themselves as individuals and as a family. This richly drawn saga examines the vexed question of inheritance and how well we can really know someone.
With its excellent character development and portrayal of family dynamics, this is an emotionally satisfying read, and a superlative rags-to-riches story.
An entertaining novel - we all enjoyed it.
We all enjoyed reading this novel of differing social values and personal ambitions.
4.5 average. One thought "too many characters", and "only a narrow slice of New York society".
Everyone liked this book. Enjoyed the way the author developed the characters/story.
Great story, enjoyed by all. Interesting format. Kept the reader interested with lots of "ah" moments!
'The Heirs' was enjoyed by the majority of our group, and all loved the style of writing. Felt there was a lot of information re characters to digest in the first couple of chapters, and really only got to 'know' a couple of the characters in depth by the end of the book.
The story was sometimes confusing with all the characters. Thought-provoking, but probably too much sex:-)
Generally found to be a disappointing book. A gossipy style of writing, with too many characters. They became bland and forgettable. Rupert was the only character with a background history that developed and created interest.